Cam Toti and his Burrillville teammates rolled to an easy victory over Glocester on Wednesday night in their pool play finale of the R.I. District IV Major Division all-star tournament. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN
BURRILLVILLE â Immediately following the Burrillville All-Starsâ 13-1 drubbing of Glocester in the Pool B finale of the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) All-Star Tournament on Wednesday night, Burrillville mentor Bob Gelinas asked his kids to take a lap around the outskirts of the Richard Peck Complexâs Rymanski Field.
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He then met with his troops in short right for a few minutes before they packed up their gear to play another day.
With this latest triumph, Burrillville not only finished its pool round at a perfect 4-0, but qualified for the District IV Final Four, to be contested at Bernonâs home Ayotte Field in Woonsocket.
Gelinasâ bunch will face Cumberland American, a 14-3 victor over Bernon on this same evening, at 8 p.m., Friday.
âDuring our meeting, I told the kids how proud I was of them, and that they had accomplished something that no other Burrillville Little League (All-Star) team had in the last 10 years, excepting last yearâs team,â Gelinas noted. âWe had a remarkable team last summer; they went on to finish 4-0, then won the district (crown).
âI also said they could accomplish more than that team could, that this was a total team effort.â
Coach Gelinas wasnât kidding. His No. 8 batter and usual sub Brady Farrell finished 2-for-3 with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored. Following him in the ninth slot, Jared Turcotte, went 1-for-2 with another dinger, two RBI and a run scored.
Add those up, and the last pair in his order mustered seven RBI and almost 25 percent of Burrillvilleâs total run production.
âBradyâs a great player; heâs come off the bench the last two games and made important contributions,â Gelinas indicated. âIâve always had confidence in him. (Wednesday) he had the opportunity to start (in center field), and he did the best he could with it.
âI had told him previously, âIt doesnât matter if youâre the 11th player on the team or the first, I consider everyone equal,ââ he added. âI also said that I feel anyone can contribute at any time because we have a complete team; heâs a part of a hard-working, leave-everything-on-the-field kind of team, one that never quits.
âJared Turcotte sat out the first two games of the tournament as well,â he continued. âHe had the chance to start (in left) here, and he proved my point. No matter where youâre at as a starter or sub, you will be called upon. You will be expected to produce because youâre an All-Star for a reason.
âHe obviously took it seriously, because he contributed.â
Glocester closed the pool portion at 0-4, and did not qualify for the single-elimination semifinals.
The usual Burrillville standouts excelled in this one as well: Cam Stringfellow went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run; Kyle Pelletier 1-for-2 with an RBI and pair of runs; Cam Toti 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and run; Ryan Lockwood 1-for-3 with an RBI; and Brennan Richards 1-for-1 with an RBI and two runs.
Richards, the elder Gelinasâ righty starter, also hurled two hitless frames while allowing two walks, hitting a batter and whiffing a trio. Toti took over in the third and went 1 2/3 innings, yielding two hits, an earned run and a walk while fanning two.
In the top half of the first, Richards â in his initial start â walked leadoff Scotty Barber, though nothing came of it, and it didnât take long for Burrillvilleâs bats to ignite.
The hosts sent 11 hitters to the plate while amassing seven runs; in fact, the younger Gelinas clubbed an opening double to deep center off of righthander Austin Bieleau, and Toti responded with a two-bagger of his own to give Burrillville a 1-0 advantage just two batters into the first.
Toti moved to third on a passed ball, and Pelletier walked. Stringfellow struck out, but Toti hustled home when Glocester backstop Luke Mitchell had to throw to first (due to a heave in the dirt).
Lockwoodâs sacrifice fly to center plated Pelletier, but â with the bases cleared â Colin Kennedy drew another base-on-balls before Bieleau hit Richards with a delivery. Both moved up on another passed ball, and Farrell clubbed a two-run single to center, then took second on an outfield bobble.
Turcotte quickly roped a two-run, opposite-field âtaterâ to right to give Burrillville a 7-0 cushion. Once the shortstop Gelinas singled, the Glocester coaching staff opted to relieve Bieleau with southpaw Christian Garneau, and he forced Toti to ground out to third.
Glocester threatened in the second when Isaiah Mongeon walked with two down, and Richards struck Hayden Loxley with an offering, but he fanned Nick Dalessio for the final out.
The second inning wasnât kind to Garneau, who surrendered five to give the hometowners a 12-0 advantage. Pelletier drilled his second pitch over the left-center field fence, and â three deliveries later â Stringfellow whacked a shot to virtually the same spot.
Both were their third homers of the tourney.
Lockwood ripped a long fly to center fielder Barber, who made a stellar grab for the first out, though Doucette lined a hit to center, moved to second on a passed ball and Richards walked. Farrell then crushed an opposite-field, three-run bomb to right-center before Garneau finally escaped the frame.
Glocester mustered its first hit of the contest when Garneau beat out a one-out, infield single, but umpires ruled him out at second on Bieleauâs fielderâs choice poke to right. Cameron Masiello then rapped a double to center to place runners in scoring position.
Toti, however, used a knuckler to strike out Cole Hayhurst for the final out.
Burrillville notched one more in the third when Marcus Audet reached on an infield hit, took third on Lockwoodâs double to left and scored on Richardsâ bloop single to short right-center.
Glocester managed its lone run in the fourth after Loxley was hit by a pitch, and â with Eric Rauso on first via a walk â Toti issued another free base to load them up. Skipper Gelinas brought in righty Doucette, who hit Garneau, and that plated Loxley.
The hurler, however, fanned Bieleau to end it.
In the dugout afterward, Gelinas made sure his kids knew the task at hand was hardly complete.
âGuys, we go back at it (Thursday) night!â he said loudly. âPractice at 6. Now be here!â